To read the Bible in a year, read Psalms 38–40.
David wrote a psalm, designed to bring to remembrance (Psalm 38:0), for we often forget our sin and the consequences of it, but to remember our past sin cleanses us from future sin. David cried out to God,
O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your wrath,
Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure!
For Your arrows pierce me deeply,
And Your hand presses me down.
(Psalm 38:1, 2)
David sinned and experienced God’s displeasure, which does not afflict us in a minor way, for David pictured it not merely as God’s displeasure, but as His “hot” displeasure. What David experienced was very uncomfortable. He also pictured it as God shooting arrows at him and the arrows entered him deeply. He also pictured God’s wrath as God pressing down upon David with the hand, as though to crush him.
If you know God, you know the consequences of sin. If you do not know God, your sin may not bother you. If you know God, you interpret your life by His word. If you know God, you know that sin offends and hurts Him and that alone crushes your spirit. However, if you know God, you also know you can speak to Him, and ask Him to forgive you.